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Though members of same, exclusive club, Weir, Mickelson going their separate ways

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Yesterday's second round of the 85th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club turned into the saga of two left-handers whose careers are going in different directions.

Mike Weir, who used the tough lesson he learned four years ago in this tournament at Medinah to help him win his first major title four months ago at the Masters, showed why he is quickly becoming one of the world's best players.

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Phil Mickelson, who hasn't seemed to learn from the mistakes he has made at countless majors throughout his 11-year career, demonstrated again why he hasn't won in more than a year and currently has the longest streak of frustration in golf's biggest events.

Weir had a two-stroke lead late in his round yesterday, but bogeys on the last two holes left him two strokes behind leader Shaun Micheel. Mickelson led by three strokes early in the round, but finished four strokes behind after shooting 5-over 75.

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"It wasn't the finish that I was looking for, but that's this golf course," said Weir, who shot 1-over 71. "You miss a shot off-line and it's going to bite you."

Mickelson was hurt badly by double bogeys on the fifth and seventh holes.

"You can't alter your style of play," said Mickelson, whose aggressive style contributed to at least one of the double bogeys. "I had some risk-reward shots today and that was one that didn't come off."

Et cetera

Citing a back injury, former British Open champion David Duval withdrew after playing four holes in 6 over par yesterday. Duval shot 80 Thursday. ... Woodholme assistant pro Wayne DeFrancesco left before yesterday's round after learning his mother-in-law, Gerry Newman of McLean, Va., had died late Thursday night.


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